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Just figured this out and I don't remember seeing it anywhere.

If you have multiple Macs networked, and you constantly go to a particular folder on one of the remote Macs (say the desktop on the PowerMac downstairs), AND you're tired of being disconnected from each other when the iBook goes to sleep, AND you're tired of having to go through all the steps to log back on... this tip is for you!

After logging into the remote Mac, open a Finder window and select the folder you wish. Drag that folder to the shelf in that window (the place where Computer, Home, etc. is) and wait about three seconds. Surprise! The icons start moving so you can put the folder there.

Now, eject the remote volume and watch what happens to the folder icon (it turns into a "?"). Click on it and wait a few seconds ... no login, no "what volume do you want to mount", nothing ... nothing but the volume re-appearing on the desktop and the contents of the folder displayed, and hours of you life gained back every year.

[Editor's note: This is a creative use of the toolbar, and it allows you to open remote folers in icon, list or column view, as long as you have the toolbar visible. In order for the "no passwords" option to work, though, I believe you need to go to the "Options" dialog box and add the password to your keychain. At least, that's what I had to do to make it work without the password prompt.]
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works for volumes, too
Authored by: rebug on Dec 30, '01 02:36:54PM

the article seems to suggest it only works for folders, but it seems to work for whole volumes as well.

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an alias has this power
Authored by: mervTormel on Dec 30, '01 07:20:54PM

if you make an alias, i believe it has the same properties. that is, referencing the alias to a remote volume/folder/file will attempt to access the original.

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an alias has this power
Authored by: FroggyFrog on Dec 31, '01 01:52:17AM

Yes.. it does..

Also, if you drag the remote mounted filesystem into the dock, near the trash can, it also exhibits these properties. I have my W2K internet server's shared volume in the dock, for example.

Of course, the nice thing about putting shares and folders into the dock is that by clicking on them and holdng the mouse button down for a second or so, you get a popup navigator to traverse the filesystem without opening a new finder window.

This reeks of the MS Windows Start menu but is actually quite useful..

lerv, Froggy.

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Extension of this tip ?
Authored by: boboeltoto on Dec 30, '01 08:53:19PM

was wishing that the following would work but It won't. If anyone can figured out how to work it out...Thanks

When in colum mode, when selecting a Quicktime movie, you can watch it directly in the window. This work when browsing a local drive or folder.
But when browsing a remote folder instead of the movie only the icon apears.

It's would be great for me to have this feature without open the movie in QT player.


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